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Sociology PhD finds that immigration court system needs structural reform

Christopher Levesque is a graduate student working on the Immigration Court Observation Project, led by Linus Chan (Law) and Dr. Jack DeWaard (Sociology), which received a Human Rights Initiative grant. He is completing his PhD in Sociology with a focus on immigrant and refugee health. We sat down with him to discuss his research and work on the Immigration Court Observation Project.
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MHR Student Helps Provide New Tools for Activists and Advocates

Tonje Boerresen is second-year MHR student from Norway with a background in law. This summer she interned with the Center for Victims of Torture in St. Paul. Working with their New Tactics Team, Tonje helped develop unique resources for advocates and activists within human rights designed to help them work on their own issues from their specific regions. Read Tonje's reflection on this fascinating work and how working with a large nonprofit organization such as CVT will help guide her in her professional career path. 
Raven protesting the US detention of immigrant minors at the Homestead Detention Facility.

On the Frontlines of Change

Raven Ziegler is a second-year Masters of Human Rights Student. This summer she worked as a tactical intern at Amnesty International USA​​​​​​​ in Washington D.C., conducting legislative and policy research on immigration in the United States, and helping to develop and edit several of AI's campaigns, initiatives and reports. Raven shared some of her relections on the experience in the write-up below. 
Ian Allen

Alum Studies Academic Partnerships between Global South & North

Ian Allen is a University of Minnesota Alumna who minored in Human Rights. He also worked at the Human Rights Program. Currently Ian is pursuing a PhD in Comparative and International Development Education and working at the College of Veterinary Medicine on a project called the One Health Workforce (OHW). In this interview, Ian tells us about his PhD track, and discusses how his studies in human rights applies to his current work.
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MHR Student Works on Global Displacement Crises

Paul Olubayo is a second-year Masters of Human Rights Program Student. This summer, he interned with Refugees International in Washington D.C. conducting research and reports on a number of policies, as well as a summer-long project regarding global policies and initiatives to provide protection/assistance for individuals affected by displacement due to climate change. We asked him about his experience with them over the summer, and how it has impacted his view of the human rights field.
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Human Rights Lab Seeks New Projects

Lead University of Minnesota human rights faculty announce a call for proposals to participate in the 2019-20 Minnesota Human Rights Lab. Faculty projects selected for inclusion in the Lab will receive funding to support field research of a graduate or professional student, working collaboratively with the faculty member and an organizational partner. The Lab is a key component of "The Minnesota Model," an interdisciplinary initiative funded by a Grand Challenges Phase 3 Research Award, to understand and propose solutions to backsliding in human rights around the world.
Gonxhe at the United Nations in Geneva

A Summer in Geneva: MHR Student Recaps Her Work At The UN

Gonxhe Kandri is a second year Masters of Human Rights student and former Humphrey Fellow from Albania. This summer she interned with the Office of the High Commissioner in Geneva, Switzerland, working in Development, Economic, Social and Cultural Issues. In this interview, Gonxhe tells us about her positive experience at the United Nations and how it has helped shape her future professional goals.
HRP Director Barbara Frey presents preliminary findings from the Observatory at UNAM

Enforced Disappearances in Mexico: A Firsthand View

Barbara A Frey, the Director of the Human Rights Program, received a 2019 Fulbright-Garcia Robles fellowship to spend fall semester 2019 in Mexico City. As a visiting researcher at the Institute for Juridical Investigation at UNAM (the National University of Mexico), she is carrying out an investigation to examine the legal, social and human rights impacts of institutional responses to the problem of enforced disappearances in Mexico. 
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The Critical Role of Indigenous Peoples in Environmental Policymaking

On October 22, we welcome Kathleen Padulo, Chiefs of Ontario Environmental Director, to campus to present our Third Annual Scallen Lecture in Human Rights, "Principled Voices: Indigenous Peoples Need a Say on the Environment." Ms. Padulo, a leading advocate for the human right to water in First Nations communities in Canada, will speak about Indigenous peoples rights and leadership in environmental policy making.
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Fraser Fellow Takes Close Look at U.S. Child Trafficking

Anthony Burton is a 2019 Fraser Fellow and undergraduate in Political Science. He recently completed his work with ECPAT-USA, a New York-based nonprofit that works on the issue of commercial sexual exploitation of children. We asked Tony some questions to learn more about his Fellowship experience, and how he plans to incorporate this new knowledge into his academic and career goals.